HOUSTON – It's a war of words stretching from Houston to Austin, with homeowners still trying to recover from Hurricane Harvey stuck in the middle.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Gov. Greg Abbott have been attacking each other on Twitter over federal dollars for housing and flood mitigation.
What started the Twitter spat?
On Friday, Abbott announced that $4.3 billion in federal funding for flood mitigation would be handled through the state's General Land Office, rather than being distributed to local cities and counties as other federal monies have been in the past.
On Monday, Turner took to Twitter, calling the action a "money grab."
The state of Texas has taken over spending federal money for flood mitigation. But the state has failed to expedite previous spending—Houston is still getting money for Ike recovery. This is a money grab by the state to spend it in places outside Houston and Harris County.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) October 8, 2019
Abbott responded, citing the city's slow progress in repairing and rebuilding homes damaged during Harvey.